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Evangelical Studies Unit

Call for Proposals

Theme for 2022: Evangelicalism and Catastrophe 

The Evangelical Studies Unit invites proposals that examine evangelical developments in periods of upheaval. We are particularly interested in individual papers and organized panels that trace how Evangelicalism contributed to, participated in, and responded to various forms of social, political, environmental, and other catastrophe. Some framing questions include: What contextual factors informed evangelical religious practices, theological shifts, and social movements during times of tumult? How did evangelicals see themselves as set apart from their culture? To what extent did they conflate their identity with prevailing norms? And in what ways did their theology inform, hinder, and/or shape their engagement? 

We especially welcome new research related to Evangelicalism and the environmental crisis: the spectrum of evangelical actions––from stewardship to exploitation––toward natural resources, theological justifications in the pursuit of crude, divergent understandings of climate change, activism related to environmental justice and the exacerbation of social inequality, and other proffered remedies practical, theological, and theoretical. 

Additional sub-themes of interest include: 
● Immigration and Diaspora 
● War and Geopolitical Conflict 
● Political Engagement 
● Disinformation 
● Racism 
● Institutional and Theological Shifts in the Church 
● Economic Power, Corruption, and Inequality 
● Sexuality 
● Technology 

Statement of Purpose

The Evangelical Studies Unit promotes critical analysis and innovative thinking around the study of Evangelicalism through multifaceted approaches by fostering dialogue across disciplines and diverse social locations. Unlike many groups aimed at the study of Evangelicalism, there is no confessional expectation or requirement for membership or participation within this Unit.

Chairs

Steering Committee Members

Method

PAPERS
E-mail without Attachment (proposal appears in body of e-mail)
Other

Other

Names of authors remain anonymous to the steering committee and co-chairs during the review process, but, out of consideration for diversity, access, and inclusion, will be visible to co-chairs during session construction. Our approach to evaluating proposals in this manner is part of our effort to broaden participant diversity, while, at the same time, mitigating partiality in the review process. While not ideal, this approach remains helpful for the time being, especially as the Evangelical Studies Unit continues to correct for its long history of being dominated by white men who took a more traditional approach to the subject.

Review Process

Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members